Monday, December 14, 2009

in a rental if something sucks you should change it

i hated that ugly pink marble tile so i got some pretty wrapping paper from sam flax and taped it up. tape is the most ghetto thing i could have used, i know. but it's only temporary. and if it starts to peel away i will fix it with spray adhesive. quite honestly the whole time i was taping it up there i was thinking there is no way this is going to work or look good. but it does.
here is the before:


here is the after:

and yes, it's a little wonky but it's less noticeable in person.


39 comments:

Kelly said...

I think that looks really fucking great.

Kristin said...

I'd say that is one killer idea!

laurelstreet said...

1000% improvement. That pattern is hot!

Bailey @ peppermintbliss said...

What a rad improvement! I don't think it looks wonky at all!

Sarah @ Maison Boheme said...

That is rad.

aquirkydelight said...

Hell yes. You clever minx.

Southern Aspirations said...

no wonkiness visible here. I have paid "damage fees" in every apartment I had ever rented as I HAD to paint the walls. All white, as in calming well done white, is one thing, but white walls, beige carpet, and cheap white trim was too yuck for me.

Giovanna said...

so. much. better. nice work.

Martinis or Diaper Genies? said...

I think it's wonktastic.

sevenspelledout said...

ok, let me get this straight - you are covering up marble with wrapping paper? alrighty then...

Simply Mel said...

A DIY genius!

Hope the Z-pack put you back on top of the game!

Miss Eve said...

Bravo! Look absolutely beautiful...what a great idea.

Cheers: Evi

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

It's awesome. That's all.

Sharon said...

My sister was in the middle of a kitchen makeover one Christmas and wrapping papered her walls with red foil paper. When she told me on the phone she had done that I had SERIOUS doubts, but it looked pretty cool in person. So, I know yours looks pretty cool too.

Lona de Anna said...

Fantastic...huge difference!

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

fantastic idea, love it!

AppleTree Staging said...

I like it! Maybe wrapping paper is the answer to my candle dilemma. wait. that might be a fire hazard.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Not only does it look good, it KICKS ASS! Clever, girlie, you! I'm freakin' obsessed with any Moorish/Moroccan-looking pattern these days, so this whole get up rocks my world. I see an Apartment Therapy feature in your future!

Devon said...

You should definitely leave that up permanently. It rocks.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

If someone had asked me about doing something like this...I would have said,"Have you lost your mind!!!!!" But I would have to eat my words. I LOVE IT!

Claire Watkins, ASID allied said...

That's awesome!

bluehydrangea said...

Your ghetto looks good, girl!!

sevenspelledout said...

didn't say it did not look good - it actually does - just strikes me as humorous is all...

Oonafey said...

You are awesome.

Kimberly Knoess said...

I think my eyes are wonky - that looks straight to me! Love, love, love what you've done with your not stockings now.

sketch42 said...

Hun, that looks fucking awesome!

gayhooker said...

Considering we're past being coy with one another, one of those buckets better have my mother fucking name on it…

Mucho gusto love for the paper!

Jacquelyn said...

It does look pretty damn good!

Tamstyles said...

go girl

Viera said...

much better
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Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Fantabulous :D

nkp said...

Hot damn! Wrapping paper! In all of blogland, only you, Jenny, could pull that off! Well done.

court. said...

Lovin it. WHY WAIT TO DECORATE???? Seriously, you gotta live it it, why not? Try 3m spray adhesive. The lower the # you pick, the less permanent.

Carol Ann said...

We rented for years in 3 different apartments, I always painted the walls in my colours (with black doors), painted out the kitchen cupboards and installed new hardware, installed new wall to wall carpet, new kitchen flooring, all new light fixtures, new mirror in the bathroom, new blinds on the windows...we were always asked to please leave the paint colours for touch ups and please leave all the improvements the way they are...and always got my deposit back... so the answer to your question is yes do what you want...you live there and have to enjoy your life there...
The paper looks wonderful on the fireplace, enjoy your xmas in your beautiful home...Happy Holidays
Regards,Carol Ann

LindsB said...

white trash tape job rock on!! I think it looks awesome, and for a quick fix its magical...

hey my screen just started snowing coke...did you send some blow through my screen?

Tiina said...

that wonky paper looks great!

pegr said...

brilliant!

Rachel said...

Like everyone else, I think it looks great, sugar. Great idea.

And I like the tissue paper and nametags on your Christmas buckets!

Dayka said...

Oooh. Nice.